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Comment: Re:Neil DeGrasse Tyson may be right - now, but... (Score 1) 580

"So was crossing the atlantic in a boat."

'Tis true, Until we find natives on another planet foolishly hoarding natural resources, that are ripe for exploitation and conquest, then commercial space programs are doomed.

Until then our only hope (stop, please stop, thinking about making a joke there) is some crazy idiot backed by a second-rate global player who thinks he can find a quicker route from San Jose to San Francisco via Mars.

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+ - FTC Releases Google Privacy Audit, Blacks Out The Details->

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chicksdaddy writes "Google could tell you about its privacy practices except, well....they're private. That's the conclusion privacy advocates are drawing after the Federal Trade Commission took a black marker to an independent audit of the company's privacy practices before releasing it to the group EPIC in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Security Ledger is reporting that the FTC released a copy of a Price Waterhouse Coopers audit of Google that was mandated as part of a settlement with the FTC over complaints following a 2010 complaint by EPIC over privacy violations in Google Buzz, a now-defunct social networking experiment. However, the agency acceded to Google requests to redact descriptions of the search giant’s internal procedures and the design of its privacy program."

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+ - The CIA and Jeff Bezos bet $30 million on quantum computing company->

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An anonymous reader writes "The CIA's investment fund, In-Q-Tel, and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos have invested $30 million in a Canadian company that claims to build quantum computers, reports Technology Review in a detailed story on why that startup, D-Wave, appears to be attracting serious interest after years of skepticism from experts. A spokesman for In-Q-Tel says that intelligence agencies "have many complex problems that tax classical computing architecture", a feeling apparently strong enough to justify a bet on a radically different, and largely unproven, approach to computing."
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